Few shut-out wins and some dominant performances in this round: the only team that combined the two was Lazio, which therefore earned this week’s nod.
The Biancocelesti had played well last week against Inter, but could not find the equalizer despite creating few juicy chances and had to endure the second loss of the season after the ugly one to SPAL few weeks back. They also lost two points in the Derby.
Simone Inzaghi fielded almost his whole standard lineup with Ciro Immobile returning to the XI after a one-game punishment, pairing him up with Joaquin Correa. Stefan Radu was back after missing one with the flu, while the only noticeable change was on the right wing, where Adam Marusic relieved Manuel Lazzari, as the Serbian fullback is suspended for the upcoming Europa League game.
They drew first blood after just seven minutes, as Correa picked his way in the box, slid it to Immobile, who set up the trailing Sergej Milinkovic-Savic that burned the goalie with a wicked left strike on the right bottom corner.
Genoa tried to answer immediately, but Thomas Strakosha somehow palmed away a thumping header by Cristian Romero from point-blank range. Few minutes later, the goalie found Immobile past the opposing defence with a punt, but the striker hit Andrei Radu’s chest with his shot from angled position.
The Eagles doubled the lead before half time as, following a corner kick, Luis Alberto linked up with Radu in the crowded box and the defender blasted it home with a ludicrous cross-shot that triggered an hilarious celebration by his astonished teammates.
They sealed the deal after an hour, when Milinkovic-Savic fed Felipe Caidedo, who had entered the game seven minutes earlier, who had slipped by the defenders, the striker glided past the goalie and tucked it home. Immobile made it four-nothing at the 78th minute, when Luiz Felipe was allowed to advance uncontested from the defence and sprung him loose past the offside trap and the Italian centre-forward finished with aplomb in the one of one.
Lazio are now in the sixth spot after tacking on these three points, behind Inter, Juventus, Atalanta, Napoli and Roma. It was a glorious day in the fantasy game: Radu paced his squad with nine points, followed by Milinkovic Savic, who had eight thanks to the goal and assist, and Felipe, who provided a helper as well, and Strakosha, who had a big role in keeping the clean sheet. Immobile snatched six for the goal and the assist, Marusic and Acerbi five for the clean sheet, Alberto two more than the other midfielders because he too set up a teammate, while Caicedo collected three because he was booked on top of scoring.
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